The best thing about the Sydney beer scene? So many local breweries means so much fresh beer. There’s no better way to drink it.
I was thankful to have got Shenanigans’ latest experimental “stunt beer”, Malt Assault, so fresh. It was bottled on a Monday, and I bought it and drank it that Friday.
This is what I love about the Sydney brewing scene. Drink local, drink fresh, people! It’s seriously worth it. You support local business and you get the best possible product.
I’ve been loving my malt forward beers recently (probably since the cold days rolled in). This takes malt forward to another level. It’s very dark and very cloudy.
It sits right on the very dark side of what you’d call amber. There’s a rusty coloured tinge but it’s quite brown.
The head is off-white head, very thin and disappears quickly. There’s enough character in the colour to capture the imagination and keep it looking beautiful in the glass.
The aroma suggests a touch of bitterness but it is soon followed by a cereal smell, a bit like Shredded Wheat. Well, actually a lot like Shredded Wheat. (Which I’m sure must exist in Australia in some form!)
So it… erm.. tastes malty. Well duh. As a kid I used to make my own “muesli”. It would be the dregs of the Shredded Wheat, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies and whatever other cereal boxes we had around (three brothers and sisters meant usually meant more than one type of cereal for us as we went through it so quickly).
It tastes a lot like that, with a subtle bitterness and a soft touch of alcohol. Warming (not as in the Belgian quad sense) but more in the “it’s quite nice when it’s bloody freezing outside” sense.
At first I wasn’t too sold on it but a few more sips and it grows on you. There’s something reassuring and tasty about it, almost in an umami sort of way. It’s satisfying. It feels good to drink.
Maybe it’s because, on this cold winter evening, Shenanigans Malt Assault transports me back to bleary eyed winter mornings in England, hunched over my Shredded Wheat as a kid.
Maybe it’s just a kick-arse malt-forward beer. Possibly both, and possibly because it’s just interesting and bloody nice to drink.
From: Inner West
Beer style: Amber ale
Brew #: SBR004
Pair with: Smoked chicken breast
Did you get hold of a Shenanigans Malt Assault? Let me know what you thought in the comments.
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